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All I ever wanted when I was a kid was to grow up to be a cowboy. My dad was a cowboy - and most of my other heroes were too. On a sea of central Oregon sage, when the Redmond Auction Yard operated where you now buy your Whoppers, and broncs and bulls bucked in the arena now filled with Fred Meyer shopping carts, I grew up developing the bow in my legs.
Both of my parents were very involved with horses so, naturally, horses were a large part of my life. I never lost my interest and intrigue with the horse. Over time my horsemanship has evolved to combine the art of vaquero horsemanship with the philosophy of natural horsemanship. The intricate balance and control of vaquero horsemanship, and the harmony of working with the horse through mutual understanding, results in a partnership that can accomplish truly amazing feats. From operating our horse in the most controlled and precise ways, to handling cattle in a skillful manner, a true horseperson and a highly developed horse appear to be working as one. This is my purusit and what I enjoy teaching others in a variety of settings.
I have been blessed with countless opportunities to learn and fine tune my horsemanship skills. To start a list of names would just result in my leaving out some very deserving ones. They have crossed a variety of disciplines, regions, and philosophies but I am grateful to each of them for sharing their pursuits of horsemanship with me. It is necessary, however, to say the teachings of Tom Dorrance and many who learned from him, have had much influence on me.